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David Ledford

vice president/news and executive editor of the Wilmington (Del.) News Journal
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Fellow for News Leadership 2009

David Ledford has served as vice president/news and executive editor of the Wilmington (Del.) News Journal since March 2004. The News Journal in Wilmington is known as a leader in online convergence and Ledford speaks frequently on print media's transition to digital delivery -- at American Press Institute, Harvard University and other venues around the country. The News Journal is the eighth newspaper at which Ledford has served. In 1980, he worked for the Daily News, which covers the university communities of Moscow, Idaho and Pullman, Wash., where he worked as a reporter one year before moving to The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash. as a roving reporter, and ultimately a projects reporter. In 1985, Ledford returned to the Daily News as managing editor. In 1989, he moved to the East Coast to become city editor of The Trentonian in Trenton, N.J. Less than two years later, in 1991, he returned to the West, becoming deputy editor of the Salt Lake Tribune, where he served until 1998. That year he joined Gannett and moved to Sioux Falls, S.D., to become executive editor of the Argus Leader. In 2001 Ledford took the top editor's job at the News-Leader in Springfield, Mo. And in March, 2004, he moved to his current post in Wilmington. Ledford began his career as an intern at the Lewiston Morning Tribune (Lewiston, Idaho) in 1979 while earning a bachelor's degree in English.

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